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The Ultimate Warrior was one of the most enigmatic and genre-defining sports-entertainers in the history of WWE, but do you actually know the true identities of the six men who donned the tassels and facepaint to entertain millions of “little warriors” over the years?
Here’s a chronological look look at the career of “The Ultimate Warrior” and the unsung superstars who brought the character to life.
1985 – 1986: Blade Runner Rock, The Dingo Warrior, and The Ultimate Warrior
An early precursor to the Ultimate Warrior was named Blade Runner Rock, who tagged with Blade Runner Blaze in a tag team known, obviously, as The Killer Bees. Blade Runner Rock would go on to become the Dingo Warrior — a character who declared war on dingoes, hyenas, wolves, and all other manner of non-domesticated canine. He would finally join the WWF as The Ultimate Warrior. This incarnation of the Ultimate Warrior was portrayed by Paul Levesque, who would go on to achieve modest success as Terra Ryzing in WCW.
1986 – February 1987: Early WWF push
As Vince McMahon attempted to build a new babyface hero with a marketable look, he knew he needed a larger-than-life superhero. Knowing that Levesque would never amount to much in pro wrestling, McMahon decided to re-cast the Ultimate Warrior with an established in-ring talent: Hercules Hernandez.
March 1987 – July 1988
When Hercules Hernandez was injured in an unfortunate hair-perming incident, a replacement Ultimate Warrior was needed. This time, Vince McMahon raided the roster of WCW (then-NWA) to recruit an exact lookalike, who took over the role with practically no fans noticing the switch; Ron Simmons.
1988 – 1990 — Intercontinental Championship
As the Ultimate Warrior’s popularity continued to skyrocket, WWE brass were determined to ensure the character had a squeaky clean image, and Ron Simmons had drawn controversy by ending his nonsensical promos with a long pause followed by the word “damn.” McMahon found a suitable replacement in Mark Hildreth, who would later achieve fame and fortune as one of WCW’s most popular stars of all time, Van Hammer.
1990 to 1991 — World Heavyweight Championship
The Ultimate Warrior earned the most prestigious championship in professional wrestling when he defeated Hulk Hogan in what pundits agree was the greatest technical masterpiece of all time. What many fans don’t realize, however, is that the Ultimate Warrior who performed at WrestleMania 18 was not the man they had become accustomed to seeing, but instead Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke.
1992 Onwards — Various feuds, WCW stint, WWE Hall of Fame
The Ultimate Warrior only appeared sporadically through the late 1990s and 2000s, most notably in WCW as “The Renegade,” a role portrayed by Bob Holly.
The man who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and the namesake of the annual Warrior Award, was Hollywood star David Arquette in his most impressive acting role ever.
A longstanding myth among wrestling fans is that The Ultimate Warrior was portrayed by a man named Jim Hellwig, a scholar known for his important research on queering.
But this is rumor false: Jim Hellwig never portrayed the Ultimate Warrior. Hellwig only performed in WWE for a brief time in 2003, where he appeared under a mask as “Mr. America.”
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WWE superstar The Big Show confirmed yesterday that he has reached a deal to star in the two sequels of the long-rumored Knucklehead Trilogy.
Hollywood insiders were abuzz yesterday with the news, as the trilogy is expected to be the most ambitious and monumental film project since the Lord of the Rings saga.
Though undisclosed at press time, The Big Show’s salary for reprising the role of kindhearted oaf Walter Krunk is expected to top $34 million, making him one of Hollywood’s hottest new assets.
Both Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese have expressed interest in directing the sequels, though executives at WWE Studios are remaining mum on the subject.
The first sequel — tentatively titled Knucklehead 2: Knuckleheadier — will pick up where the first film left off, with Krunk winning enough money in a wrestling tournament to save the orphanage where he grew up. The final instalment — Knucklehead 3: Electric Boogaloo — will follow Krunk’s ill-fated journey into the world of competitive breakdancing.
Inspired by the buzz surrounding the Knucklehead franchise, WWE Superstar Triple-H has reportedly approached several Hollywood directors about filming two sequels to The Chaperone, but so far no one is interested.
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The Undertaker is one of the most mysterious and captivating sports-entertainers in modern history, but not many people realize his first WWE run was not quite as successful under the moniker “Crush.”
The man who would go on to become The Deadman started as a third member of Demolition, alongside Smash and Thrasher, who later went on to become The Headbangers.
As part of Demolition, Crush and Smash battled legendary tag teams including the Killer Bees, The Legion of Doom (Animal and Heidenreich), and The New New Midnight Rock and Roll Express V2 (Timothy Well and Stephen Dunn, managed by Oliver Humperdink).
When Demolition disbanded, the future Deadman performed as a repackaged “Kona Crush,” a Hawaiian surfer gimmick that was a hit with children and intellectually simple adults.
“Crush was just my real personality, but turned up to 11,” says The Undertaker (real name Cal Markowitz) in the new WWE Network docu-series: Dead Man Talkin’. “The character felt like a real extension of me.”
Unfortunately, the wrestler would soon be saddled with an undead mortician gimmick, which he spent the next 20 years struggling to get “over” with wrestling fans, who near-unanimously preferred the Crush character.
Asked in the documentary whether he will revive his surfer alter-ego for one “last surf,” he is cagey: “Anything can happen in the WWE,” The Undertaker replied with his trademark giggle.
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Fans of professional sports-entertaining have been binge-watching the Vice series “Dark Side of the Ring,” which chronicles wrestling tragedies. An upcoming episode will be all about the baby Snitsky punted.
Narrator Mick Foley invokes a sombre tone as the episode begins: “In late 2004, the larger-than-life spectacle of WWE became all too real for six-week-old Timmy Dumas-Jacobs.”
Dimly dramatic re-enactments re-tell the heartbreaking story of how Timmy, the illegitimate son born to Lita and Kane was brutally punted into the 17th row by Eugene “Gene” Snitsky, who has since denied any fault for the incident.
Thankfully the baby survived (early reports that it was a “doll” were quickly debunked) and is now 16, living with
Other episodes of Dark Side of the Ring fans can expect in the upcoming season:
The McMahon Limo Tragedy
It Was Vince All Along
The Untold Truth About the Great Khali
The Great WWE Hall of Fame Fire of 2015
A new spin-off show called “Dark Side of Dark Side of the Ring” will reveal the seedy underbelly and untold tales of the wrestling-documentary industry, premiering Wednesday called “Beyond Beyond the Mat.”
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Popular Irish sports-entertainer Rebecca “Becky” Lynch shocked fans of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Monday when she announced she is expecting a child, but one big question remains: who is the father?
Given WWE’s long history of surprise pregnancies — from Lita’s miscarried punt-baby to Mae Young’s hand — and the question of paternity often leads to entertaining intrigue and mystery.
When Lynch announced her pregnancy on Raw, she did not reveal the identity of the father — and we may never know unless she goes on the Maury Povich Show.
But our team of experts used computer-modelling and statistical analysis to produce this tally of the top candidates:
The big many is riding high with his recent Money in the Bank victory, which makes him arguably the greatest superstar in pro wrestling history. Would it be any wonder if Becky and Otis became WWE’s new power couple? Sources close to Otis say he has been talking about his desire to be a father to some lightweight machinery
Petite, beautiful, and Irish. Hornswoggle is a beautiful specimen, and Becky ain’t too shabby herself. What a pair they’d make! But can the build a life together, with a child, in Swoggle’s home under the ring.
Sexual Chocolate Mark Henry
According to lore, women get pregnant just by being in the same building as Mark Henry. He once impregnated an entire busload of swimsuit models just by smiling at them. Whether he impregnated Becky Lynch remains unknown, but given his incredible virility and, it’s not out of the question to assume that Sexual Chocolate goes nicely with Irish Cream.
Despite his advanced age, Mr. McMahon reportedly keeps the “grapefruits juicy” and the “genetic jackhammer hammering.” According to one unconfirmed rumor, McMahon has enough power within WWE to impregnate merely by writing a strongly-worded memo about it. Once he made Sensational Sheri pregnant just by faxing her a picture of himself shirtless.
We’re not saying he is definitely father, but McMahon was reportedly overheard saying backstage at Raw today: “It was me. It was me all along.”
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The world of professional sports-entertaining saw a seismic shift today World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) was purchased by ESPN — this will totally be our lead (or “lede”) if/when this happens.
The sale, estimated to be valued at $53.3 trillion, means that the McMahon family no longer holds a stranglehold on the wrestling industry — that’d be a good second line.
Anyone know if this sale has happened? My buddy’s brother’s coworker is Facebook friends with The Blue Meanie, and he posted a link to a story by Brad Shepherd saying the sale was a “done deal,” so it seems locked?
We should probably confirm via a second reliable source, like Meltzer or Val Venis. That’s the kind of fact-checking that makes Kayfabe News the world’s most reliable source of wrestling news.
UPDATE, APR. 29, 5:26pm ET: No official word yet. We will keep you posted as this story develops.
UPDATE, APR. 29, 5:45pm ET: Still nada. Might make nachos. BRB. We will keep you posted blah blah.
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WrestleMania is the biggest WWE event of year, and the 36th edition earlier this month continued a longtime WrestleMania tradition of breaking attendance records of the venue in which they are held.
For WrestleMania 36, the Performance Center and surrounding parking lot hosted nearly the entire WWE roster and production staff, setting a new Performance Center attendance record of 73.
The previous record of 67 was set during the construction of the Performance Center, on a particularly busy Wednesday when the plumbing, electrical, and AC were all being installed.
The Performance Centre is not as large as other WrestleManias, like the Pontiac Silverdome (WrestleMania 3 crowd: 93,173) or the New Orleans Mercedes Benz Silverdome, which has hosted two WrestleManias and one equally smelly refuge for hurricane flood victims.
This year’s WrestleMania was able to set the Performance Center attendance record partly because the event was spread over two nights. Based on the incredible success of the event, the company announced this week that WrestleMania 37 will unfold over nine consecutive days.
WWE is saddened to learn that Howard Finkel has passed away at age 69.
When considering the greatest ring announcers in the history of sports and sports-entertainment, you'd be hard-pressed to name one better than Howard Finkel. A native of Newark, NJ, "The Fink" — a label that had been attached affectionately to Howard over the years — made his ring announcing debut at Madison Square Garden in 1977 for WWE's predecessor, WWWF.
By 1979, Finkel was the full-time ring announcer for WWWF, and when WWE was established in 1980, The Fink became the first — and eventually longest-serving — employee. Finkel's distinctive voice was instantly recognizable, and for more than two decades Superstars such as The Ultimate Warrior, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and more would have a title victory marked by The Fink's signature call, "and NNNEEEWWW World Champion!"
Despite being a ring announcer, Finkel didn't shy away from in-ring competition in certain circumstances. In 1995, he battled his longtime rival Harvey Wippleman in a Tuxedo Match on Raw, and later helped X-Pac shave Jeff Jarrett's head in a Hair vs. Hair Match at SummerSlam 1998.
In addition to his legendary tenure as a ring announcer, The Fink was an indispensable resource inside the WWE offices for his vast knowledge of sports-entertainment history. Well respected by current Superstars, WWE Legends and Hall of Famers, Finkel's encyclopedic memory and kindness made him beloved among his colleagues. The Fink was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009.
WWE extends its condolences to Finkel's family, friends and fans.
WWE will be allowed to continue filming its weekly television shows after Florida governor Ron DeSantis declared the sports entertainment brand is an “essential business” amid the state’s stay-at-home order caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think initially there was a review that was done and they were not initially deemed an essential business,” Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said at a press conference Monday, per the Miami Herald. “With some conversation with the governor’s office regarding the governor’s [stay-at-home] order, they were deemed an essential business. Therefore, they were allowed to remain open.”
The company had begun filming shows without audiences at their privately-owned Performance Center in Orlando once more states began banning large gatherings to prevent further spread of the virus. WWE also pre-taped their flagship pay-per-view, WrestleMania, ahead of Orlando’s stay-at-home order in addition to pre-taping multiple episodes of their other shows.
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Professional wrestling impresario and the world’s most unlucky football entrepreneur Vince McMahon announced this week that the second incarnation of his doomed XFL has suspended operations, and will make a triumphant comeback in 18 years.
Both the original XFL of 2001 and the recent reboot of 2019 have suffered unforeseen setbacks, most recently the toilet paper crisis that has citizens everywhere staying home, presumably wiping their nether regions.
McMahon says “18 years between colossal failures is a good span, quite frankly,” and promised that he would bring back the XFL for a “Third Time’s the Charm Super Bowldown” in Saudi Arabia 18 years from this July.
In the meantime, McMahon is reportedly considering starting a golf league to compete with the PGA.